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Ice-free Ocean May Not Absorb CO2, a Component in Global Warming
August 2, 2010
The summer of 2010 has been agonizingly hot in much of the continental U.S., and the record-setting temperatures have refocused attention on global warming. Scientists have been looking at ways the Earth might benefit from natural processes to balance the rising heat and one process intrigued them: a premise that melting ice at the poles might allow more open water that could absorb carbon dioxide, one of the major compounds implicating in warming.
University of Georgia
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